American Cruise Lines Adds American Symphony to Riverboat Fleet

American Cruise Lines has announced that it has accepted delivery of American Symphony from Chesapeake Shipbuilding as scheduled. The 175-passenger boat will join the company’s Mississippi River fleet. The riverboat, which passed sea trials late last week, is en route to New Orleans for its inaugural season on the "Mighty Mississippi." American Symphony is the fifth riverboat in the line’s new series and the 15th small ship built by Chesapeake for the line.

American Symphony’s first cruise is set to depart August 27 from New Orleans, and the line plans to christen the riverboat during its inaugural cruise on August 30 in Natchez, Mississippi.

American Symphony is part of our ongoing commitment to leading the U.S. river cruise market by introducing innovative small ships every year,” said Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “Smaller is better on the rivers. We look forward to American Symphony’s first season on the Mississippi, as well as the introduction of sister ship American Serenade early next year.”

The 175-guest American Symphony is a sister ship to American Melody, the company’s 2021 riverboat. It has five decks and offers 100 percent private-balcony staterooms, including suites and single rooms. It also offers spacious indoor-outdoor lounges, a dining room, fitness center and a wellness-yoga studio. American Symphony also showcases American’s patented opening bow and retractable gangway, besides the fifth deck skywalk with an ellipse that cantilevers over the café below.

American Cruise Lines continues to introduce small ship designs with accommodations that enhance guest experiences on the Mississippi River, the Columbia and Snake rivers, and across the United States. In 2023, the company plans to introduce three new small ships: another riverboat, American Serenade; and two 109-guest catamaran-hybrid ships, American Eagle and American Glory.

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